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USF Sports Management Prof Michael Goldman Comments on Carlos Correa and Increasing Use of Tech in Pro Sports

USF Sports Management Prof Michael Goldman Comments on Carlos Correa and Increasing Use of Tech in Pro Sports | USF in the News | Scoop.it
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa credits a bat sensor that measures his swing as a key part of his and the team’s success.

 

Three months ago, Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa flat out told me he was going to have a breakout season and tech was going to play a big role.

 

I was expecting an endorsement pitch during a quick call about how he uses Blast Motion, a baseball bat sensor designed to help everyone from little leaguers to middle-aged softball players improve their swings. Our chat happened a week after Correa set the tone for his season, crushing a 450-foot home run on opening night.

 

But rather than offer a canned line, Correa lowered his voice and in hushed tones told me how he and his team really use the sensor. As many as four times a week, Correa attaches it to the end of his 33.5-ounce bat to measure his swing speed and impact. He says using the sensor during extended batting practice sessions before home games is particularly important.

 

"Listen, baseball is a game of feeling and constant adjustments,"

the 22-year-old said. "And sometimes your swing may be a little off at times. [Blast Motion is] definitely helping me because every at-bat counts and I can't afford to waste any of them."

 
Correa's certainly not wasting them.
 
This is a career year for the shortstop, who on Tuesday will be appearing in his first All-Star Game in Miami. His Astros, with 60 wins in 89 games, hold Major League Baseball's second-best record. And the success comes as baseball, America's national pastime, is diving head-first into next-gen tech with players embracing sensors and other wearable tech to track their performance.
 
This season, MLB is letting players wear the $500 Whoop wrist-worn biometric monitors that measure heart rate and fatigue during games. It joins two other devices that can now be used in games: the $150 Motus Baseball sleeve set  (to track throwing) and the roughly $60 Zephyr BioHarness (a chest strap monitoring heart and breathing rates).

 

Blast Motion, which costs $150, can't be used in actual games.

 

But the increasing use of tech, from trackers to help athletes improve play to sneakers that could help people run marathons in under two hours, demonstrates a new level of gamesmanship, said Michael Goldman, a sport management professor at the University of San Francisco. 

 

"Today's athletes are geared to get as much information as possible on their performance," he said. "Baseball is similar to golf where players have almost immediate access to analyze their swings and at times make very small changes which could have substantial impact on the field."

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[via @cnet]

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USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump and Fears Among Undocumented Immigrants

USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump and Fears Among Undocumented Immigrants | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"During a Republican primary debate last February, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida seized a moment. He asserted that even though Donald Trump the candidate was attacking undocumented immigrants, Trump the businessman had used 200 undocumented Polish workers to build Trump Tower, the president-elect’s gilded Gotham high-rise."

 

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"Bill Hing, a veteran immigration attorney and professor at the University of San Francisco, said his phone is “ringing off the hook now” as clients seek “an educated guess” on what Trump might do. More workplace raids might occur to “make a splash,” Hing also predicted. But employers, especially agribusiness, he said, are sure to try to enlist GOP leaders like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of Bakersfield, Caliifornia, to try to fend off what they view as disruptive enforcement.

“Americans,” Hing added, “forget that there is truth to the argument that undocumented immigrants do take jobs Americans don’t want to do.” The undocumented are also consumers; local economies would suffer if the population vanished suddenly."

 

[Via @thedailybeast]

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USF's St. Ignatius Institute few Universities with Great Books Author Study Program

USF's St. Ignatius Institute few Universities with Great Books Author Study Program | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Which books would you include if you had to add to the list of Great Books, and how would you decide? The Great Books is that list of the most essential works of law, philosophy, religion, science, arts, and fiction we need to really understand Western society, and how it has developed and diverged since ancient times."

 

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"Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute, University of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Institute, the Universities of Dallas and Michigan, Notre Dame, Boston College, and the newer Christendom and Thomas Aquinas Colleges all offer students the opportunity to study and discuss Great Books authors."

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USF School of Management Names Lori Bush Executive-in-Residence

USF School of Management Names Lori Bush Executive-in-Residence | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Lori Bush, former president and CEO of the premium skincare company Rodan + Fields, has been appointed to serve as the first-ever executive-in-residence at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management, Dean Elizabeth Davis has announced."

 

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"Bush’s career launched as a research scientist in med tech and culminated as the President and CEO of Rodan + Fields where, under her leadership, the company launched a transformative social commerce marketing platform and grew to become one of the largest premium skincare brands in the country. Bush retired from operational management in January, 2016, and now enjoys the diversity associated with consulting, speaking and corporate board service."

 

[Via @nbcbayarea]

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USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Immigration Law

USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Immigration Law | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deport 2 million or more immigrants with criminal records will take some time to implement, if it happens at all. But experts said Monday the new administration could move toward that goal by taking steps such as reinstating raids on factories and other workplaces and by encouraging, or pressuring, local police to act as immigration officers."

 

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"Obama’s policy of authorizing regional ICE offices to suspend deportation proceedings against immigrants who face hardships will surely end, said Bill Hing, an immigration law professor at the University of San Francisco. He said as many as 80,000 unauthorized immigrants, mostly parents, have been granted reprieves.

Trump “will end that overnight,” Hing said."

 

[Via @sfchronicle] 

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USF Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua Davis on Airbnb's Change of Heart

USF Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua Davis on Airbnb's Change of Heart | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"In a surprising reversal expected to be felt nationwide, Airbnb has extended an olive branch to San Francisco lawmakers and agreed to help the city enforce its home-sharing rules, including limiting the days an Airbnb landlord can rent out a home."

 

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"Airbnb previously had taken a hard-line stance against helping cities with enforcement, and has sued a handful — including San Francisco and New York — when officials tried to force the company to monitor its site for listings that violate city laws. Now those cities probably are watching developments in San Francisco, said Joshua Davis, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

“I certainly think that other places where there are similar battles going on, the cities are going to take note,” Davis said. “(Airbnb) knows it’s signaling not only to San Francisco, but possibly elsewhere, that it’s willing to come to some sort of negotiated resolution like this.”
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USF Professor Mark Cannice talks best moves for tech entrepreneurs 

USF Professor Mark Cannice talks best moves for tech entrepreneurs  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Like all startups, young tech businesses need to find adequate sources of financing to ensure they can get off the ground. But how can you tell which source of financing best positions your new enterprise for success? Recently published research from the University at Buffalo School of Management suggest that tech entrepreneurs might be better off partnering with venture capitalists than angel investors."

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"Investors confidence increased in the third quarter of 2016, according to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index. The index, which is based on a five point scale, now stands at a 3.88, up from a 3.60 last quarter, indicating that investors are more optimistic and willing to pledge capital to startups. University of San Francisco Professor Mark Cannice attributed the boost in confidence to technological progress and the new opportunities that progress is creating. "Recognizing major technological shifts that are opening up large new markets for determined entrepreneurs, many of the 32 responding venture capitalists in the Q3 survey focused on the resultant high potential investment opportunities in the future entrepreneurial environment," Cannice said."

 

 

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USF Politics Professor on Live Election Results

USF Politics Professor on Live Election Results | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Election Day is here and this year, things are getting interesting.

There are real time projections that are breaking all the rules, live blogs to keep you up to speed with every tidbit of information and, of course, old school exit polls. 

If you are ready to mix it up, here are a few ways to follow the election throughout the day. One particular tool is making traditional political watchers anxious. Vice (live video), Slate(voter data) and Vote Castr are joining up for a unique approach of making projections throughout the day as data like demographic and voter turnout roll in."

 

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"The project has made some nervous, with the thinking being that this kind of information could alter voter turnout. Ken Goldstein, of the University of San Francisco and a member of ABC News' Decision Desk, put it succinctly to the New York Times: “I’m profoundly uncomfortable with characterizing election result during Election Day"

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USF Politics Professor Keally McBride on Women in Politics

USF Politics Professor Keally McBride on Women in Politics | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim is a progressive Democrat who has focused on affordable housing and income inequality, among other issues. She says she’s found herself having to perform two different roles for much of her political career. “Real or perceived, I always feel like I have to balance between being someone who pushes hard and someone who doesn’t get too much attention,” she says.

 

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"Keally McBride is a professor of politics with a focus on feminist theory at University of San Francisco. She says the ugly nature of local politics and gender-based public commentary sometimes keep women from running at all. In general, the Bay Area has pretty strong involvement of women in electoral politics, more so than a lot of places. But there’s a pretty well-documented problem of getting women to run for office,” she says. “You open yourself up to a lot of very personal attacks, and for very good reason women tend to look at the possibility of running for office as not worth the personal pain."
“When we have contentious races they become very personality-based, and that’s always going to be more difficult for women” because of gender-specific expectations, she says."

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The 13th California Water Law Symposium will be held Jan. 21 at the University of San Francisco 

The 13th California Water Law Symposium will be held Jan. 21 at the University of San Francisco  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Hosted by the USF School of Law, this year’s conference is titled “California’s Bay-Delta: Understanding What’s at Stake for the Region’s Future.” This event is an annual collaboration among Bay Area law school students where they discuss and analyze California’s freshwater resources. It is led by water, law and policy experts, said Heather Rogers, the 2017 symposium chair.

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KRON-TV: USF Professor James Taylor on Third Presidential Debate

USF Politics Professor James Taylor shares his insights on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's performances during their third and final presidential debate.
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 USF Staff Member Katy Bailey Appears on Wheel of Fortune

Katy Bailey, a member of USF's HR department, solves the first puzzle during her appearance on Wheel of Fortune.
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USF Politics Professor Jeffrey Paller Talks Urbanization

USF Politics Professor Jeffrey Paller Talks Urbanization | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"More than 75 percent of the globe will live in cities by the year 2050. This week in Quito, Ecuador, Habitat III, the United Nations’ third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, convenes to plan for continued global urbanization."

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"Most of the policymaking and theorizing on urban development focuses on global markets, formal institutional reforms and urban planning. But political scientists can inform these debates through the use of field research, as well as systematic analysis on urban governance and the politics of resource distribution."

 

[Via @washingtonpost] 

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USF History Professor Christopher D. O'Sullivan on The U.S's decision for Japanese Internment Camps

USF History Professor Christopher D. O'Sullivan on The U.S's decision for Japanese Internment Camps | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"On Dec. 4, 1941, three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Frank Knox, the secretary of the Navy, assured those gathered at a private dinner party of administration officials that wherever the Japanese struck, “the Navy is ready … it is not going to be caught napping.”

 

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"With his words,” writes University of San Francisco historian Christopher D. O’Sullivan in his upcoming biography of Knox, the wartime secretary of the Navy “played a major, ignominious role in one of the most egregious civil rights violations of the war: the internment of Japanese Americans.”

“The alarm Knox had rung gave immediate credence to the view that ethnic Japanese on the mainland were a palpable threat and danger,” concluded the 1982 report of the Wartime Relocation Commission, which recommended reparations for those interned, which were ultimately paid by an act of Congress."

 

[Via @washingtonpost]

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USF International Relations Vice President Stanley D. Nel on Language Proficiency Test For International Students

USF International Relations Vice President Stanley D. Nel on Language Proficiency Test For International Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"According to a China National Radio (CNR) report in November, the Ministry of Education is working on a national English language proficiency testing and rating system to replace the multiple existing English language tests, with the aim of releasing it in 2017."

 

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"Stanley D. Nel, vice president of international relations at the University of San Francisco with responsibility for China admissions, said that the nine-level system is a positive step. 
The current proliferation of tests is confusing to those of us trying to evaluate the proficiency of students wanting to enroll at American universities," said Nel. According to the CNR report, the new system is designed to match up with mature English language evaluation systems around the world. "I am delighted that the Chinese government is making this change," said Nel."

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USF School of Law Graduate Jonathan Madison on Restorative Justice

USF School of Law Graduate Jonathan Madison on Restorative Justice | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Every election cycle, we see new ballot measures that promote initiatives to shorten prison terms and lessen criminal offenses. Unfortunately, these initiatives do not fully address the issues that arise when offenders return to crime-plagued communities. Rather, you and I are the balancing force in rehabilitation efforts."

 

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"In the 1970s and 1980s, many communities began to evolve toward an entirely new concept of rehabilitation — restorative justice. It is an approach to criminal justice that engages both victims and the community in rehabilitating offenders."

 

[Via @sfChronicle]

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USF women’s cross country cracks top 10 in nation

USF women’s cross country cracks top 10 in nation | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The University of San Francisco women’s cross country team cracked the top 10 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of America poll for the second time in program history recently.

The Dons earned the distinction by finishing third in the NCA West Region Championships. Led by Charlotte Taylor, who finished second, which — along with the team finish — is a program best."

 

@Via [@sfexminer] 

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USF International Studies and Politics Professor Stephen Zunes on Trump Protests

USF International Studies and Politics Professor Stephen Zunes on Trump Protests | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"It’s been a week since the election of Donald Trump, and the public displays of disaffection continue. Yet for all the miles marched, candles burned and verses of “Imagine” softly sung, many demonstrators are struggling to come to peace with the purpose of the protests and where they’ll lead, if anywhere."

 

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"Such street demonstrations “serve notice” and provide an emotional release, said Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. But moving forward, he said, “People have to think more strategically. They're going to have to dig in for the long term.”

That means forming coalitions, figuring out when to work within the system or when to take to the streets. “Street demo after street demo after street demo doesn't work,” he said."

 

[Via @sfgate] 

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USF Jesuit Father and Art Professor Arturo Araujo Gives First Speech at Hispanic Day

USF Jesuit Father and Art Professor Arturo Araujo Gives First Speech at Hispanic Day | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Latino Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco celebrated the sixth consecutive Hispanic Day at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Oct. 29, focusing on the Year of Mercy. The event, which took place three weeks before the end of the jubilee year, included prayers, confessions, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass, along with Latin-American food and art."

 

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"Jesuit Father Arturo Araujo, a professor at the University of San Francisco, gave the first speech of the day: “Mercy in the Magisterium of the Church.” Verbum Dei Sister Yolanda Barajas addressed mercy in the tradition of the church. Father Alexander Castillo, secretary to Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, talked about mercy in the Scriptures."

 

[Via @catholic_sf]

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USF Law Professor Susan Freiwald on Lack of Digital privacy with President Trump

USF Law Professor Susan Freiwald on Lack of Digital privacy with President Trump | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.

This has some legal experts worried, but like almost every other aspect of a Trump presidency, there are more questions than clarity over what exactly he plans to do."

 

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"Susan Freiwald, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, said it wouldn’t be far-fetched to imagine a Trump presidency using the FBI to collect information on opponents. She’s particularly worried about the private communications of both media critics and political figures.

“While the rules of law should not permit that, it is not clear that oversight mechanisms will be sufficient to stop it,” she said in an email."

 

[Via @pcworld]

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Professor of Politics James Taylor Discusses Mobilizing Key Voting Groups

On KQED-TV, Professor James Taylor weighs in on the political climate in California and the different key voters needed in this election period.
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USF to Host Fireside Chat on Economic Outlook

USF to Host Fireside Chat on Economic Outlook | USF in the News | Scoop.it

At 9 pm ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams participates in a fireside chat on Outlook on the Economy at the University of San Francisco, with audience and media Q&A.

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Sports Management Professor Michael Goldman on New King's Arena

Sports Management Professor Michael Goldman on New King's Arena | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"This week, the Kings will open the regular season in Golden One Center, their brand-new downtown arena. Ranadivé and the team are touting the building as an architectural and technological marvel."

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"“That’s the nature of the beast,” said Michael Goldman, an assistant professor in the sports management program at the University of San Francisco. In terms of data and technology usage, “you typically grow into these spaces quite quickly,” he added."

 

[Via @mercnews]

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USF Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters Breaking Gender Barriers

USF Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters Breaking Gender Barriers | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Helen is part of the 12 percent of females who work as head coaches for NCAA Division I men's cross country programs. Thirteen percent of head coaches for women's cross country programs are female, according to statistics provided by the USTFCCCA. In short, female head coaches--especially for men's and women's combined programs--are few and far between. 

When I shared this statistic with Helen, she was pleasantly surprised. She assumed the percentage would be a lot smaller. 

"Maybe it's because I've been coaching for so long, but I don't really focus a lot on any challenges because I don't really get outside of myself. I just focus on the coaching part of it," Helen said. "I know there's not a lot of women out there coaching men and women, but I don't really think about that. I just do what I do."

 

[Via @FloTrack]

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Professor of Politics at USF Keally McBride on Trump's Election Result Dismissal

Professor of Politics at USF Keally McBride on Trump's Election Result Dismissal | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"As his poll numbers have plummeted in recent weeks, Trump’s outrage has grown, along with the number of villains, who now include the media, women calling him a serial groper, and even Republicans who won’t agree that the election will most certainly be stolen."

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"Trump’s quick dismissal of American political tradition of better than two centuries flows naturally from his status as a different type of presidential candidate, said Keally McBride, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

“Trump is running on the idea that the entire electoral system is corrupt,” she said. A refusal to accept the results of that corrupt system “is a logical conclusion to his decision to run as a total outsider.”

[Via @sfchronicle] 

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